UNCASVILLE, Conn. “Draft Day” It’s a dream come true for Natalie Achonwa.
The 6-foot-3 Notre Dame forward and once the youngest member of the Canadian Senior Women’s National team (2002) was drafted ninth overall by the Indiana Fever at the 2014 WNBA Draft capping off a glorious collegiate career with the Irish and starting a new chapter after she tore her ACL just minutes before the Irish clinched a spot in the 2014 Final Four and eventually coming short in the National Championship game to eventual national champions UCONN Huskies.
BLESSED to now be a member of the Indiana Fever!
The Canadian and first international player (foreign) in 37-year with the Irish she improved her play each year, and stamped her name across a number of the schools all-time records including becoming only the 29th player in the reach the 1000+ point club and earning her way to podium to shake the commissioner’s hand and, for a quick and well deserved moment forgetting about that ACL injury that ended her NCAA career.
“I actually planned it out exactly how I was going to get up, who I was going to hug first, but as soon I heard my name called I started tearing up and a literally just popped right up and I’m going to feel it in the morning because I forgot how to walk up the stairs, I was really excited.” Achonwa described the special moment backstage.
“The last couple of weeks I have literally hit every single emotion possible with the injury and then going to the Final Four, there was some much going on and it never really sat in until I was walking up the stage. I’m just really excited that Indiana took a change on me and drafted me injured.”
The selection marks the first time two Canadian female players have been selected in the first-round as Edmonton’s Michelle Plouffe was also drafted 19th overall by the Settle Storm becoming the first Edmonton based player ever to reach the WNBA.
It looks like the Canadian Invasion is also starting to hit the WNBA ranks. From Stacy Dales to Tammy Sutton-Brown to now Achonwa & Michelle Plouffe and the next ones in line. (Nirra Fields.)
Maybe we can get Drake to drop a few bars on about Achonwa and the Canadian takeover on his next web release. #DraftDay
Stacey Dales-Schuman is the highest Canadian drafted in the league’s history when the Washington Mystics selected here with the third-overall pick and Tammy Sutton, selected the 18th overall in 2001 is the only Canadian to be selected as a league All-Star. Kayla Alexander (Syracuse Orange) of Milton, Ontario was selected 8th overall in the 2013 draft.
The 2014 WNBA season tips on May 16.
2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA
Masks off! That’s a wrap!
The NBA may be back…even if it is only preseason (yeah tell that to everyone in Tokyo, Japan last night), but don’t call it a comeback like the BIG3’s LL. Because like being here for years it never left. Yet the real dear departure we’re about to mourn is the curtain call on the great expectations of one of the best WNBA seasons tonight. One that’s been a Spark and a Storm, despite either of those legendary Los Angeles and Seattle franchises making the finals cut.
But instead it was the MVP with the face-mask, inspiring every Bradley Beal and John Wall Wizard in attendance to follow plastic facial suit, Elena Delle Donne who lead her Washington Mystics to their first WNBA championship crown setting the Sun on Connecticut. Mystifying like INXS for the leagues new sensation that’s about to live baby live.
And you thought the biggest thing in D.C. right now was top ten Japanese draft pick Rui Hachimura? A year before his nation hosts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for what we’re sure will be a legendary rookie campaign for the ages.
Washington basketball looks as beautiful as the magnificent Mall right now.
Just days after Bradley Beal penned a poignant piece for The Players Tribune sports personality journal entries in support of all of Washington and worldwide basketball, man and women, the Mystics showed it was all about them with an 89-78 win over the Suns. Rising like the trophy they lifted to follow their first banner and the epic emotion you see in the photo above.
Caption contest, greatness, legendary, amazing, everything.
So much more.
So, so much more.
“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words,” the epic leader Elena told press postgame. It really is indescribable, but we have a few more to give it a go.
Even with Delle Donne almost done with more herniated discs than you used to have albums in your cars CD changer (get well soon champ), she still hit 21 (all in that LeBron and Kobe face mask), to go along with the Finals MVP (to go along with her regular season one), Emma Meesseman’s team high 22.
Holding the leagues best record and now the trophy itself this was sweet redemption of emotion for the Mystics in this Game 5 after losing to the Storm’s front in last years Finals. When they were without their Belgium superstar Meesseman in the mess. But this year with everything up their sleeve, holding all the cards, the Mystics magic wasn’t going to be affected by any weather. Come Storm or Sun.
Sure when it comes to these Harry Potter themed teams in the United States capital city the Wizards may be pulling something big out their hat this year. But nothing spells the Mystics quite like M-V-P.
Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask
Vegas may have all the chips with the Sin City Aces and Hollywood the L.A. big-three with Candace Parker and the Ogwumike sister, sisters. Whilst the team they just beat Seattle, a storm of legacy making to legendary players, from Breanna Stewart to Sue Bird. Herself making sport, entertainment and all inclusive headlines for her off-court partnership with US soccer star and World Cup MVP winner, Megan Rapinoe.
But it’s D.C. that have the capital star as Washington’s mystifying Mystics star Elena Delle Donne is the Most Valuable Player for the second time.
EDD MVP of the WNBA.
And she did it all nose to knee injury.
Detroit Piston Rip Hamilton made the face-mask famous. And then ‘Star Wars’ super-fan Kobe Bryant became the Phantom Menace when he wore one for a bit, mauling his man like a Darth Sith lord. LeBron also had his own black, Bat Bron (Happy Batman Day caped crusaders), phantom opera during his time behind plastic like a Hollywood star for the theater. Even the dunking muscle of Russell Westbrook brought some Bane brutality to his. This trademark trend just seems to bring the beast out of the best. You remember how Bird flew through the black eye of the Storm last year with one? And now you can add MVP Elena Delle Donne to the face mask Hall of Fame.
And famous fans were even wearing matching masks in support solidarity as the back-court brotherhood of the NBA’s Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal sat court-side, faces sweating.
“Thank you to the people who made my mask and my knee brace. There should seriously be MVP awards for them”, Delle Donne told Twitter later in an acceptance speech thread of humble thanks.
Elena kept the face mask on after her nose healed because…well you know it’s inspiring and intimidating and cool as hell. But the knee brace has been a God send Most Underrated Player Of The Season. After her nightmare playoff injury against the Atlanta Dream last year, this sleeve holding her leg together cap to joint has helped the reawakening of a legends career.
Even without the MVP or LL Cool J knockout, bell rocking comeback, Delle Donne was already one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time…let alone the right now G.O.A.T.’s. But take a look at her now.
She just may be one of the games greatest. Counting either gender.
Ignorantly don’t believe us? Well remember Carter, men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.
How’s the first player in the women’s game to record 50/40/90 splits in a season suit you?
If you’re not impressed, suit yourself. Because Delle Donne don’t care. Right now she’s focusing on bigger things. Like beating the house in Las Vegas following her Game 2 win against the Aces. And after Hamby’s miracle roll from half-court against Elena’s former team the Chicago Sky, it’s time for the MVP to run it back in revenge.
Now that would really be an ace in the hole.
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